Roses for Jeanne Baudot and a beautiful Italian girl

On 20 December 2019, by Anne Doridou-Heim

A young woman friendly with artists was given a delightful hat by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, while Matisse limned an ode to a beautiful odalisque.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Portrait de madame Jeanne Baudot, 1896, oil on canvas, 24 x 19 cm.
Result: €371,400.

Here, Renoir revelled in immortalising his muse and pupil Jeanne Baudot, giving her an enchanting hat wreathed in roses. The portrait, dating from 1896 (the year she became godmother to his second son Jean), clearly appealed as much as ever, as it left for a new home at €371,400. Incidentally, in his book Pierre-Auguste Renoir, mon père, Jean relates that his mother had chosen Georges Durand-Ruel as his godfather, hoping to bring her two friends together romantically – but without success. The afternoon continued exploring modernity with a sally into the 20th century to meet Henri Matisse (1869-1954). A 1928 ink drawing of a languorous Odalisque couchée (33 x 50.7 cm) fetched €229,680, and a charcoal drawing of Henriette à la lecture (47 x 31.2 cm) €108,460. The odalisque was a pretext for a theme dear to the painter: however, she is identified here through photographs of the time, where we see Zita – a young Italian woman who offered her sensual curves to the master's brush –voluptuously stretched out on a sofa in an alcove decorated with oriental fabrics. The other young woman is Henriette Darricarrère, who posed for him between 1920 and 1927 (thus during the same period) and also appeared in the famous series of "Odalisques" painted between 1921 and 1928. Meanwhile, bedroom furniture from the Martel de Janville sanatorium, made by Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) and Jules Leleu (1883-1961) to brighten up the medical establishment with its joyous functionalism (an armchair from the series featured on the Gazette's cover on 6 December) garnered €22,968.


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